Spring (January 12–May 7, 2015)
NO CLASSES: 1/19; 3/2–3/8; 4/2–4/5; 4/19–4/25
LS 623.401: Another America, Central America
This course will focus on and compare contemporary Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Topics to be discussed include the continuing Spanish conquest and indigenous resistance to it, military dictatorships and genocide, US interventions, social revolutions, and the rise of gang violence. Readings range from fiction and poetry to personal testimony and social science statistical research.
Dr. Thomas Ward
Monday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/12/2015–5/4/2015] (Historical), no class 1/19, 3/2, 4/20, 5/4
LS 713.401: The Many Faces of Immigration
The United States has long been known as a nation of immigrants. Most current residents originally came from someplace else, or at least their forebears did. This course will examine the process and the history of immigration to North America across a broad cross-section of individuals of numerous national origins and ethnic groups. There will also be a consideration of the political, social, and economic conditions in both the native country and the receiving country which might have encouraged a person to emigrate or influenced his or her reception in the adopted country. Students will also have an opportunity to consider the subject from the vantage point of their own family background.
Dr. Randall Donaldson
Tuesday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/13/2015–4/28/2015] (Historical), no class, 3/3, 4/21, 4/28
Required of all students in their first semester
LS 770.501: Relationships Between Men and Women in Literature
In literature, trouble is interesting, and relationships between men and women certainly provide plenty of opportunity for trouble. In this course students will examine a variety of stories, poems, and plays that deal with those relationships. Readings will include texts by authors such as Chopin, Hemingway, Faulkner, Lawrence, Oates, O'Connor, Glaspell, Bishop, and Plath.
In addition to regular reading assignments which will serve as the basis for class discussion, there will be two papers and two oral reports.
Dr. Timothy Houghton
Thursday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/15/2015–5/7/2015] (Creative), no class, 3/5, 4/23, 5/7
LS 626.601: Music and Technology: 1700-Present
Music in the Western world undergoes continual evolution. Technology contributes to such evolution in a major way. For example, the invention of the microphone eliminated the need for vocalists to project to the audience in a large hall. The valve in brass instruments made it possible for music to change keys more frequently and rapidly. The audio recording has afforded unparalleled access to alien musical cultures but, paradoxically, may have retarded tonal progress.
In this course, we explore the influence of technology on music from 1700 to the present. Musicians and works to be considered range from Beethoven and Wagner to Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, and beyond. Students will have the opportunity to explore others via their own projects.
Dr. Lewis Berman
Wednesday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/14/2015–5/6/2015] (Historical), no class 3/2, 4/22, 4/29